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Washington In Full Bloom

June 10, 2010 — Thousands of tourists from all over gathered in Washington, D.C. to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom.

One visitor said, it's an explosion of colour and light and it feels good after a long, cold winter. Cherry trees line the foot of the Washington monument, and the beautiful array of pinks and whites frame the path around the city's Tidal Basin where the Jefferson Monument lies.The peak of the cherry blossoms was reached on Wednesday, it's defined as the point when 70 percent of the flowers are open, according to the National Park Service's Bloom Watch website.The scene was absolutely beautiful as children and dogs ran around the site. It was packed with people strolling the grounds, taking in the lovely weather. Many visitors stopped to take photographs of the enchanting trees, while others took in the spectacular views.The trees symbolize friendship, and were given to the American people from the Japanese in 1912.The National Cherry Blossom Festival runs through April 11.

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